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Walking on Broken Glass Paperback – February 1, 2010
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I loved that this book gave Leah a voice and she was able to discover who she was underneath her various roles and her stuffed pain. The reader discovers her heart right along with her. And the responses she feels to those revelations is so genuine. There is no fluffy Christian-sounding denial here. While Jesus heals, this story shows that we must work at recovery (of any sort) and that faith is there to gives us legs to stand on, but we must still take each step. I loved that about this book. I also loved the issues between her and her husband. I've met so many women who have just submitted to "get it over with" and then they wonder why they despise their spouse when the layer of numbing addiction is removed.
This novel impressed me so much that it is making my best of 2010 fiction list. More Christian fiction should be this real. The faith journey was perfectly done and the ending made sense. I'd love to see a sequel to this story, but if there isn't one, I'm still satisfied. I am definitely paying attention when this author has new releases and I'm going to review each title as they come out. Walking on Broken Glass is highly recommended, especially for readers who know people who are struggling with addiction and want to understand them better.
On the surface, the story is nothing like my life. Leah Thornton has spent her life turning to alcohol, rather than facing the problems in her life. The death of her infant daughter leads her to depend more and more on beer, wine, and liquor to get through a day. Her best friend Molly and an interesting encounter with frozen apple juice force Leah to face that alcohol isn't covering up her problems, it is intensifying them. It has become her problem.
As Leah enters rehab and travels toward a life of sobriety, she learns more about herself. She's not perfect, with or without a drink in hand, and life is not perfect. Along the way, she realizes that she needs a relationship with God in order to be whole. Even with Him, her life still isn't going to be perfect, but for the first time in a very long time Leah has hope.
Leah's struggles made me face something inside of me. My daughter died before having a chance to live. I handled her death a lot like Leah and the others she met during rehab handled the tough times in their lives. I didn't drown out the pain of my miscarriage with alcohol or cocaine or pot. My drug of choice was food. I didn't really realize that until I read this--that food has become a bit of an addiction for me. Ten days ago we "celebrated" the fifth anniversary of Rylee's passing. I didn't curl up in a ball and cry all day as I had often done in the past. I didn't even have to sit and cuddle with the Care Bear we bought as a reminder.Read more ›
I don't want to spoil anything, but I also really liked the way this book ends. It's a good ending, it just doesn't tie everything up in a neat package. You know, like life!
I don't usually last all the way through women's fiction, but this is a worthwhile debut for sure. I'm even bumping up my 3.5 stars to four (for me, a feat in itself for this genre). There are some flaws, though. Too many secondary characters (mainly the rehab staff) caused some of them to blur together, though others are quite well developed. Occasional verb tense oddness suggests this book was originally written in present tense then edited to past, but along the way some "being" verbs were overlooked. Also, Ms. Allan tends to write really-really-short and/or dangling scenes. Several times, a scene ends on a firecracker line of dialogue that ignites the conflict ... and then the narrative picks up hours later, with Leah telling someone who wasn't present about the rest of her evening. This may be a personal preference, but I really want to see action as it happens.
That said, in this quietly probing story of one woman's journey into the depths of herself, there's a lot of theme "meat" on which to ruminate. Leah's wounds and losses don't miraculously repair themselves in the final five pages. In fact, her healing has only started as her story ends, but she has found the path to a whole self and to God. I found myself caring about Leah, even about her husband Carl. Controlling and selfish as he is, he still seems potentially redeemable, simply never forced to grow up.Read more ›
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Leah's character started out weak, but she started to get stronger towards the end. I like that about this book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by NenetteU
A fascinating and heart wrenching window into the recovery process. This is an excellent book but it does end rather abruptly. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Judith Martinez
As I read, I started questioning my own life and choices. This book started me on my own journey. Completely unexpected and yet very rewarding!Published 2 months ago by Melvsmom
This book is terrible. It's boring, the characters are unlikeable, the dialogue is trite and awful. The writing is flimsy and simple. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Erich H Keppler
I didn't know what to expect from the synopsis of this book, and in a way that's good. No expectations. I was drawn in the moment I started reading. Read morePublished 4 months ago by barbiedee
When I first started this book, it was hard for me to read, but as I went further, I felt like it helped me deal with some feelings and thoughts, I didn't want to, but I am glad I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by bjthoms
I had never read this author before. I had gotten this book a while ago and needed something to read and this was the first one I saw. It was terrific. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Katrina A. Bartlett
Enjoyed reading this. Gave me an open eye to what drinker thinks and does.Published 10 months ago by Susan Matthews